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For The First Time In Years, Absolut Vodka Adds A New Flavor: LIME


Absolut Vodka just announced the addition of their first new flavor in four years. Joining the brand’s iconic citrus lineup will be Absolut Lime, a flavor that will stand side-by-side with Absolut Citron and Absolut Mandrin.

The new vodka, like its predecessors, was created to lay the foundation to many cocktails with its dynamic and complex citrus flavoring. According to Absolut, the vodka will go with pretty much anything one will garnish with a lime.

As for us, we’ve been on a martini kick for quite a while. Might try to grab a bottle and practice making some at home. Y’know, grown up stuff.

Absolut’s new vodka is now available nationwide for about $19.99 (750mL) and $24.99 (1L) at participating grocery store locations and alcohol retailers.

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6 Cocktails To Relieve Your Cold Symptoms

We all know a good cocktail can make you feel better about, say, a nasty breakup or losing your job. But little did we know that some drinks even have the power to make us actually physically feel better — as in after a cold or a bad bout of the flu.

Yes, finally a cocktail that will actually reverse the symptoms of a common hangover! And it’s not just one, but seven cocktails that can relieve your sinus pressure, sore throat, headaches, and more.

So the next time you’ve got a case of the sniffles, go ahead and mix up one of these boozy cures. Trust us, you’ll be feeling good in more ways than one.

Hot Toddy


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This classic cold weather drink is like booze for the soul. Warming bourbon mixed with honey, lemon, and hot water make this the cure-all cocktail for normal cold symptoms: chest cold, runny nose, even problems sleeping! The Hot Toddy has got you covered.


1 oz (2 tablespoons) bourbon

1 tablespoon mild honey

2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1/4 cup boiling-hot water


Put bourbon, honey, and lemon juice in a 6-ounce mug. Top off with hot water and stir until honey is dissolved.


Bran’s Dram


Brans Dram

Photo: Bon Appetit

Besides having the coolest name, um, ever, Bran’s Dram is one of the most warming cocktails imaginable. If the spicy rum doesn’t do it for you, the hot, berry tea certainly will. Lemon and honey again join forces to make this a highly effective cure for the common cold or cold-like symptoms. Winter is coming, friends, drink up.


1 bag berry herbal tea

1½ oz. white rum

¼ oz. fresh lemon juice

1 teaspoon honey

1 lemon twist


Steep tea bag in a mug with 6 oz. hot water, 2–3 minutes; discard tea bag and stir in rum, lemon juice, and honey. Garnish with lemon twist.


Old Irish Cure


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Big shocker here: whiskey is involved. More specifically, Jameson is involved. It all makes sense now, doesn’t it? This traditional Irish drink has been served as an umbrella elixir for centuries, but it wasn’t until recent years that dark, spicy rum was added to the mix. Traditionally, according to barman Sean Muldoon, Irish people have been drinking whiskey, honey, and ginger together for centuries to cure everything from sniffles to severe illnesses.



1 1/3 ounces Irish whiskey, preferably Jameson

1/3 ounce dark rum

2 1/2 teaspoons Calvados

1/3 ounce fresh lemon juice

1/4 ounce cane syrup or Rich Simple Syrup

1/2 teaspoon honey mixed with 1/2 teaspoon water

1/2 teaspoon Fresh Ginger Juice

Dash of Angostura bitters

1 thin apple slice, for garnish


Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add all of the remaining ingredients except the apple slice garnish and shake well. Strain the drink into a chilled cup and garnish with the apple slice.


Winter’s Truce

Winters Truce

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Exactly what you’ve always wanted: a truce with winter. Only instead of a mutual agreement that the season will get its shit together and stop being so damn cold, what you get is a spiced drink that will knock those shivers right out of you. Use of fresh ginger to relax a troubled tummy and echinacea extract mixed with whiskey is an amazing cure for a sore throat.


2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh ginger

1 teaspoon honey

½ ounce green Chartreuse liqueur

½ unaged grappa (such as Nardini) or other white spirit (such as white whiskey)

¼ ounce fresh lemon juice

¼ ounce liquid echinacea extract

2 dashes Angostura bitters

1 cinnamon stick


Bring ginger, honey, and 6 oz. water to a simmer in a small saucepan, stirring to dissolve honey; remove from heat and let steep 5 minutes. Combine Chartreuse, grappa, lemon juice, echinacea extract, and bitters in a warm mug; strain ginger infusion into mug. Garnish with cinnamon stick.


Whiskey Chai

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Tea lovers, rejoice! There’s now a delicious (and not at all weird) way to combine warm chai and your favorite bourbon or rye whiskey. Is this not what you’ve all been waiting for? This drink has some tantalizing elements of both spicy and sweet, and while it’s been known to soothe sinus issues, it’s also just a great way to warm up in the cold weather.


2 cinnamon sticks, broken into pieces

20 black peppercorns

16 whole cloves

8 cardamom pods, seeds removed from the pod

1 teaspoon ground ginger

Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

1 quart whole milk

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 tablespoon loose black tea

3 ounces bourbon or rye whiskey


1 . In spice grinder, pulse all of the spices to a powder.
2. In a saucepan, bring the milk to a simmer. Remove from the heat. Add the spices, sugar and tea and let stand for 10 minutes.
3. Return the chai to the saucepan and rewarm over moderate heat. Stir in the whiskey and serve hot.


Flor de Puebla

Flor de Puebla

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Translated, the name means “flower populates,” which we’re assuming is because of the chiles and herbal tea used in the cocktail. By the way, you read that right; there’s burning hot chiles in this beverage. No amount of lime juice or soothing green tea can take the kick out of this tequila drink, so we suggest this cocktail for spice-lovers only. If you’re up for the challenge, you’ll find just a serving of Flor de Puebla will cure you of your worst sinus congestion and your fiercest colds.


1 bag green tea, preferably Hojicha

½ Fresno chile, with seeds, thinly sliced

1 teaspoon honey

1 ounce Drambuie

1 ounce tequila resposado (such as Pueblo Viejo)

½ ounce fresh lime juice

¼ ounce Brancamenta (mint liqueur)

1 lime slice


Steep tea bag in a heatproof glass measuring cup or mug with 6 oz. hot water 2–3 minutes, adding chile during the last minute, then stir in honey. Combine Drambuie, tequila, lime juice, and Brancamenta in a warm mug. Strain tea into mug; discard tea bag and chile. Garnish with lime slice.

Alcohol Drinks Products Technology

This Machine Makes Instant Cocktails At The Push Of A Button

It was a whole process the first time I learned how to mix a martini. Though a cathartic experience, it would definitely be easier if I could push a button and have one ready to drink in seconds.

A new invention promising to be the Keurig of cocktails seems to have solved that, says Dose.

The Somabar is essentially a robotic bartender that will make cocktails for you the way a pod coffeemaker would. The machine operates six refillable “Soma Pods”, which are similar to K-Cups. Different kinds of liqueurs, bitters, syrups, and mixers are available to play with.


The Somabar even goes one step further than a Keurig in that it is Wi-Fi operated. This means you can create your drink from anywhere in the house with your smartphone and just come pick it up when you’re ready.

If the trend of turning any kind of beverage into a Keurig-like machine continues, we may never have to interact with a living person to quench our thirst ever again. Though, unfortunately, you will have to add garnishes and shake the drinks yourself.

Still, a bartender that won’t cut you off…

You can pre-order units for $429 at their website now.

Images: Somabar


10 Simple Yet Beautiful Summer Cocktails And How To Make Them

Most people have a rotation of drinks that they stick to throughout their lives. That rotation changes as people get older and their tastes change, but it still doesn’t change drastically. For example, my rotation would include any IPA, Jack n’ Coke, Vodka Cranberry and the vast majority of daiquiris, ’cause who doesn’t love sipping a daiquiri in a hammock on a tropical island?

That being said, there’s a time and place for each drink. I would never drink an IPA at 2pm on a Friday during summer in Arizona, because that sounds awful and miserable and I’m already sweating thinking about it. On the other hand, I would never drink a Daquiri while eating a Whiskey River BBQ Burger at Red Robin. People just don’t do weird things like that.

Summer calls for a very specific kind of drink, one that’s a bit fruity and a bit sweet, but not overbearing. Above all else, summer requires STRONG drinks. With that being said, these are my 10 choices for most desirable summer cocktails.

Classic Mojito


While not a particularly special or surprising cocktail, it still manages to pull its weight at the top with the best of the best. This particularly lovely Mojito with the special sugar cane garnish can be found at The Bar at Level 25 at Conrad Hotels & Resorts.


1.5 oz Silver Rum

8 Mint Leaves

1 Lime, Wedged

.5 oz Simple Syrup

Club Soda

Dash of Bitters (Optional)


-In mixing glass, muddle mint and limes with Rum

-Add simple syrup

-Pack with ice and shake

-Pour contents into chilled glass

-Top with club soda (and a dash of bitters an added twist)

-Garnish with Mint leaves and Sugar Cane Stick

Ella’s Sinful Secret


This beauty is one of six showstoppers that come out of Hilton New Orleans Riverside’s bar known as Public Belt. These drinks hail from legends based on the Storyville Women, the ladies of the night working the red light district at the time. The name makes more sense now, doesn’t it?


1 oz Gin

1 oz Elderflower Liqueur

1 oz Dry Vermouth

3 Drops Celery Bitters


-Add all ingredients to ice-filled mixing glass

-Stir well

-Strain into cocktail glass

-Garnish with lemon and orange twist

Pretty Sadie’s Swizzle


The next harlot on our list of working girl drinks is Pretty Sadie’s Swizzle. With a smokey, luscious red-brown hue and a delicately placed garnishes, this pretty lady will have you wondering where the hell she’s been all your life. Now you know.


1 ½ oz Dark Rum

½ oz Blackberry Liqueur

1 oz Fresh Lime

½ oz Simple Syrup

3 drops Angostura Bitters


-Add to a short ice filled glass


-Garnish with mint bouquet dusted with powdered sugar and blackberries.

Fanny’s Sweet Rhythm


Number three of six on our list of floozy-praising beverages is Fanny’s Sweet Rhythm, falling in line with the other hardworking women of the evening. If Fanny’s rhythm is as smooth and deliberate as this cocktail, then any hardworking men will surely enjoy this as much as Fanny’s fanny.


2 oz Gin

1 oz Green Chartreuse

3 Drops of Orange Bitters

½ oz Fresh Lime Juice

½ oz Simple Syrup

5 Mint Leaves


-Add all ingredients to mixing glass

-Add ice to tin

-Shake well

-Strain into cocktail glass

-Garnish with mint bouquet and lime wheel.

(Option to light on fire: invert spent lime shell. Fill with over-proof spirit and light.)

Florence’s Floozy Fix


Number four revolves around yet another vice that likely haunted these women during their time in the “service” industry. With a thick, luscious orange tone and served in a martini glass, this drink will seamlessly cool you down and get you tipsy in the best way possible.


1 ½ oz Bourbon

½ oz Aperol

½ oz Fresh Lemon Juice

1 oz Fresh Orange Juice


-Add all ingredients to mixing glass

-Add ice to tin

-Shake well

-Strain into cocktail glass

-Garnish with an orange and lemon twist

Lulu’s Clever Hands


This Godsend is our fifth lady. This spritzy, refreshing number packs a citrusy punch to go along with the very summer-inspired look of raspberry lemonade. It also boasts, what I think, is the most fun garnish of all the drinks. If only this drink gave insight into how clever Lulu’s hands truly are.


1 ½ oz Citrus Vodka

½ oz Fresh Lime Juice

3 Drops of Peychaud’s Bitters

Ginger Beer


-Add all ingredients to an ice-filled tall glass


-Garnish with cucumber ribbon

Storyville Minx


The Storyville Minx, the last of the six harlots, stands out above the rest for two reasons: the delightful garnish and the ginger liqueur, an ingredient not often used in cocktails. But the pineapple leaf garnish gives it a sort of life and vigor that makes it seem almost animate.


1 ½ oz Spiced Rum

1 oz Ginger Liqueur

1 oz Pineapple Juice

½ oz Fresh Lime Juice

Lemon Lime Soda


-Add all ingredients into mixing glass

-Add ice to tin

-Shake well

-Strain into tall glass

-Top with lemon lime soda. Stir. Garnish with a pineapple leaf and lime wheel



The aptly named Campfire cocktail might be the most curious drink of all on this list. Served in a metallic mug and adorned with a large and freshly roasted marshmallow, this cocktail is sure to make you feel like you’re hearing ghost stories around a campfire with friends and family. This beverage can be found at MYTH Bar in the lobby of Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek.


1 part High West Whiskey

1 part Sweet Water

1 part Choco Bitters

1 Roasted Marshmallow


(check back for updated instructions on 7/29/16)

Queen Bee


The Queen Bee (commonly mistaken for a drink honoring Queen Bey) is another rum-based cocktail, only this time it exudes a tea-like aura, solely because of the ingredients in this simple, classy and elegant drink. Look for this bad gal at the W Resort & Spa on Vieques Island.


2 oz. 10 Cane Rum

2 tea spoons of honey syrup

2 tea spoons of lemon juice


-Finished with 1 oz. Torre Oria Sparkling Cava


-Serve chilled in a champagne flute



Although this drink is a little more difficult to make compared to some of the others, the payoff certainly takes the preparation into consideration. With the sweltering summer we’re already battling, this beauty from the W Retreat & Spa on Vieques Island is sure to be at the top of the list of most refreshing drinks.


2 Teaspoons Sugar

1 Lime Wedge

3 1/2 Cups Cubed Seeded Watermelon

1/2 Cup Tequila (Suggested: Patron or Don Julio)

1 to 2  Tablespoons Sugar

3 Tablespoons Lime Juice

1 Tablespoon Triple Sec

Watermelon Balls (optional)


-Place 2 teaspoons sugar in a saucer

-Rub the rims of the glass with 1 lime wedge

-Spin rim of each glass in sugar to coat

-Set prepared glasses aside

-Combine watermelon and next 4 ingredients (through Triple Sec) in a blender; process until smooth

-Fill each prepared glass with 1/2 cup crushed ice

-Add 1/2 cup margarita to each glass

-Garnish with melon balls


4 Candy-themed Cocktails To Make For Negroni Week


For the last 4 years, Imbibe and Campari have brought the bar industry together under one cocktail umbrella to be able to stand together and support the many charitable needs in the world.  The event is called Negroni Week.  For the third year in a row, Inspire Artistic Minds is one of the most selected charities in the world, partnering with some of the most reputable bars in the country like Death & Co., Vaca, Sassafras Saloon, and The Blind Rabbit.

Every year the bar partners of Inspire Artistic Minds come up with new and innovative creations to help push sales during Negroni Week, since $1 of every Negroni sold goes to the charity of the bars choice.  This year, the candy themes in these Negroni’s are sure to cause a splash.  Available from June 6 – June 12 you can get a piece of these creations at The Blind Rabbit located at the iconic Anaheim Packing House.  You can also treat yourself to a tasting of Negroni’s at the Inspire Artistic Minds’ Opening Celebration at Mesa on June 6th from 6 – 9 ( )

Everlasting Gobstopper


Vanilla infused Campari, Bourbon, Ruby Port, Orange Bitters
Flavors: Vanilla, oak, port, dry

Flavors of oak, and port with the bitter enhancement of Campari. A wonderful cocktail with layers of experience.
Garnished with homemade Campari sucker


Coffee Negroni

Appleton Especial Rum, Punte Mes, Campari, Koloa Coffee Rum
Flavors: Coffee, bitter, spice

Great flavors of Sugar Cane and Coffee, complemented with Campari and finished with a fine Aged Rum. Garnished with grated coffee bean.



Montenegro Amaro, Campari, BlackStrap Rum, Black Walnut Bitters
Flavors: Maple, Chocolate, Bitter

Aromatic Montenegro Amaro worksbeautifully with Campari, the addition of BlackStrap Rum, Black Walnut Bitters make this a chocolate maple dessert cocktail that’s not to sweet and a wonderful sipper.
Garnished with shaved chocolate



Peanut Fat-washed Bourbon, Pineapple Juice, Campari, Martini Rossi, Coconut Cream,
Vanilla Tincture
Flavor: Peanut, Coconut, Sweet

A pink snow cone that is a sweet treat on a hot summer day. Peanut fat-washed bourbon, fresh pineapple juice, Campari, sweet vermouth, coco lopez and a finish of vanilla. A true dessert drink.
Garnished with homemade layered “Negroni Gummy Bears”

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20 Alcoholic Drinks And How To Pronounce Them Properly

I know full well that I’m not the only person that thought Curaçao was pronounced “cure a cow,” and anybody that says otherwise is a liar. God knows that the more you drink the harder some of these drinks become to pronounce anyways.

Thankfully, somebody put together this helpful collection of pictures depicting different beers, liquors, cocktails and wines and the phonetic pronunciations to go along with them. Some of them you already knew, and some of them will come as a big surprise to you.


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This Bowling Alley Strikes Your Taste Buds With Its Jaw-Dropping Menu

Bowling alley food in general has a bit of a reputation. For me, it usually falls into that sweet spot where awesome meets disgusting. It’s salty burgers, fries that are somehow over-crisped and soggy at the same time and light beer in bowling-pin-shaped bottles. You can’t help but love it and hate it all at once. But one chain of bowling alleys is redefining the bowling culinary experience — or maybe it’s more accurate to say they’ve created a bowling culinary experience where previously we had none.

Bowlmor, which has locations around the U.S., was founded in 1938 in New York, did brisk business through the bowling boom of the ’70s and ’80s and barely made it through the ’90s, when Tom Shannon, an entrepreneur with a vision, took over and implemented game-changing ideas that made the business take off again, eventually merging with some of the industry’s biggest names, like AMF and Brunswick.

One of the big changes, as mentioned, was the idea that the food and drink selection at a bowling alley doesn’t necessarily have to be all about microwaved tater tots and overdone corn dogs (though, again, I have a soft spot in my stomach for the sorts of foods that grease up your fingers just right when you’re trying to make a comeback in the eighth frame). Bowlmor’s menus include all kinds of amazing-sounding gourmet foodie options that don’t feel too ostentatious for the bowling alley setting. Let’s have a look at a few of their selections that we are dying to try:

Pizza Cake

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Just look at that thing. One of Bowlmor’s great ideas was to improve upon some of our favorite foods with giant, gourmet, shareable portions. More to come below, but this pizza cake definitely has what it takes.

Pizza Cupcakes


Credit: Bowlmor

And if you’re more of a cupcake fan, they’ve got you covered there as well. I, for one, am in favor of a pizza version of every dessert.


Chicken wings

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Bowlmor’s selection of wings is nothing short of comprehensive, with something for everyone: classic buffalo, garlic parmesan, cajun, sweet chili, lemon pepper, honey BBQ and mango chipotle.

5-Pound Burger

5 pound burger

Credit: Bowlmor

There are many things in the running to be declared the modern equivalent of breaking bread, but my vote’s on sharing a burger, and what better way to do it than with this monster, which you can share with several friends without sacrificing a full serving. And hey, if you’re feeling especially ambitious and hungry, take it on solo — we’re not here to judge.

2-Foot Hot Dogs

2-foot hot dogs

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Ditto for Bowlmor’s monster dogs, which take the classic footlong and double it. These come in two flavors: The Coney Mega Dog, which comes topped with mustard, Coney sauce, and onions and is beautiful in its simplicity. They also serve up the Chi-Town Mega Dog (pictured above) topped with peppers, onions, pickles, tomatoes, neon relish, and mustard.

The Breakfast for Dinner Burger

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Putting a fried egg on a burger is a delicious move, but it’s nothing new. Bowlmor’s version, however, has sausage, bacon, hashbrowns, and maple ketchup on it. They’re not messing around. Breakfast for dinner never sounded so good.



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And last but certainly not least, Bowlmor’s gourmet selections include a range of house cocktails that sound like a dangerously good time. A couple highlights: The Madhattan is described as a cross between an Old Fashioned and a Manhattan that’s made with whiskey, Cointreau, sweet vermouth, and bitters and is served in a cocktail glass. The Liquid Courage is gin, lemonade, club soda, and elderflower liqueur. Who knows? It might just help you land that strike.

Overall, Bowlmor sounds like a place I’d stop for dinner that happens to have great bowling and games. Go for the food or the fun, but stay for both.

Deals Technology

This Ingenious App Will Get You A Cocktail A Day For Just $.33

Have you ever needed to drink really badly after work, but can’t get drunk because you have shit to do like every standard adult? Then Hooch is the app for you.

As a quality penny-pinching app for functional alcoholics, Hooch allows users to get one free drink a day at any of the qualifying locations, which shouldn’t be difficult to find, since dozens of establishments have already teamed up with the app. Of course, as always, there’s a catch.


The app only functions in LA and New York as of now, since they are the two largest cities with the largest number of bars per square mile. Additionally, while your first drink each day is free, the app itself is not. You’ll be required to pay a subscription of $9.99 a month for the service, which is about the price of one or two cocktails. Still, even with that price tag, the average cost for your first drink will come out to roughly $.33 a piece.

So how does the app make any money if that many people are getting that many drinks for free? Simply put, they’re banking on you staying for another drink. This will likely be the case for most people, since having one drink then stopping is the liquid form of blue balls. The app will root it’s foundation in the practice of hospitality marketing, which basically uses companies and ideas in the hospitality industry to increase revenue.

After a successful launch in LA and New York, the app will look to increase the number of establishments included, on top of expanding to more cities like Miami and San Francisco. According to Lin Dai, the CEO of Hooch, users of the app are spending “an additional $30-$40 per visit after receiving their complimentary round of drinks at Hooch partner bars, and up to $140 per check at participating restaurants.” With that kind of revenue being generated, it’s no wonder that the app has become such a big hit in those two cities.

In summation, you can get 365 cocktails (which averages out to $2,555 at roughly $7 a pop) for the ridiculous price of $99 a year. So is it worth it?



Photo Credit: Sobe Villas, Best The News

Sources: Los Angeles Times